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Rutgers Law in the News

Professor Vera Bergleson explained why a groping incident may not meet the defiition of “sexual contact” under state statutes. (Jersey Journal, 4/14/15)

Profesor Paul Tractenberg was interviewed for an article on the 20-year history of the State’s takeover of the Newark Public Schools. (Star-Ledger, 4/13/15)

Manuel Vazquez Seijido from CENESEX was the keynote speaker at the April 10 conference “The Global Struggle for LGBTQ Rights: Legal, Political and Social Dimensions.” (Washington Blade, 4/11/15)

Acting Dean Ronald Chen sees shift by New Jersey Supreme Court to a “pro-development” reading of the law in 62-64 Main Street, L.L.C. decision. (Record, 3/24/15)

Explaining aspects of New Jersey’s settlement with Exxon Mobil over the company’s pollution of two refinery sites, Professor Steve Gold said: "Getting the oil out, that's remediation. Bringing the beach and the bird population back to where they were before the birds were killed, that's restoration. (Star-Ledger, 3/22/15)

Speaking of the suggestion that voting be made mandatory, Professor Frank Askin said: “I don’t think you can do it in this country because I don’t think the First Amendment would permit it.” (FoxNews.com, 3/20/15)

Professor Stuart Green commented on the corrupt behavior of some of the state’s school superintendents. (Asbury Park Press, 3/17/15) 

Professor George Thomas was interviewed about the admissibility of Robert Durst’s “killed them all” statement on HBO’s The Jinx. (BBC News, 3/16/15)

Commenting on possible civil action against those who posted vulgar tweets about former pitcher Curt Schilling’s daughter, Professor Bernard Bell said that there is a “First Amendment problem to deal with because it is speech and even as insensitive as it is I’m not sure it’s clearly unprotected speech.” Star-Ledger, 3/10/15)

Vice Dean Reid Weisbord explained that because of the terms of the will that granted Sweet Briar College the land on which it is built, it is very unlikely that the college will receive court approval to sell the land. (Business Insider, 3/9/15)

Professor John Leubsdorf discussed the factors that likely would have gone into the judge’s decision about approving fees in the Exxon pollution case. (New York Times, 3/9/15)

“It’s really got to be a true threat, where there’s some likelihood that the person is going to carry this out,” said Professor Bernard Bell of vulgar tweets made about former major league pitcher Curt Schilling’s daughter. (Asbury Park Press, 3/3/15) Bell’s comments were later cited in an Asbury Park Press editorial on free speech and social media.

The new contract negotiated by the Teamsters for Facebook shuttle bus drivers should raise the union’s standing in the upcoming vote to unionize drivers at other Silicon Valley companies, said Professor Alan Hyde. (USA Today, 2/21/15)

Professor Gary Francione, in a discussion about disturbing practices at the U.S. Meat Animal Reserarch Center, explains the animal abolition approach to animal rights and why there is no humane way to slaughter animals. (Breaking the Set, 2/6/16)

“Is this a true threat or abhorent speech?” said Professor Bernard Bell in explaining why obtaining a conviction in a case involving anti-Semitic postings on social media would be difficult. (USA Today, 2/6/15)

Acting Dean Ronald Chen was interviewed for a piece about an Atlantic City resident who is fighting an attempt by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to take his house by eminent domain. (NJTV, 2/3/15)

Adjunct Professor Abed Awad commented on Muslims’ objections to visual images of Muhammad and other prophets. (New York Times, 1/14/15)

The first of a two-part broadcast titled “Consent to Harm” included interviews with Professor Vera Bergelson. (CBC Radio-Canada, 1/13 — part 2 will air 2/26/15)

“Maybe those old organizations, like unions, will turn out to be what workers in the new economy want,” said Professor Alan Hyde for a story on the growing support by Silicon Valley service workers for unions. (USA Today, 1/13/15)

Professor Gary Francione discussed the fundamental difference between animal welfare and animal rights with journalist Chris Hedges. (truthdig.com, 1/4/15)

The Immigrant Rights Clinic report “Freed But Not Free” was cited in this article about problems with alternatives to detention. (Latin America News Dispatch, 12/16/14)

“Both our treatment of individuals in confinement and our extensive use of drone strikes have undermined our efforts to project our values abroad,” wrote Professor John J. Farmer Jr. in an op-ed. (Star-Ledger, 12/12/14)

Commenting on the lack of information in a fatal shooting by a state trooper that took place in Irvington more than a year ago, Professor Louis Raveson said “there's a structural conflict of interest that’s built into this system.” (nj.com, 12/12/14)

“We probably don’t need another national conversation about race as much as we need one about law reform,” wrote Professor David Dante Troutt in an op-ed. (The Nation, 12/10/14)

“This is a huge victory for residents in common-interest communities,” said Professor Frank Askin of a New Jersey Supreme Court finding for the constitutional right of a co-op resident to distribute his newsletter critical of the co-op board to other residents. (Record, 12/3/14)

The Constitutional Rights Clinic report on problems that arose with the emergency voting procedures set up following Superstorm Sandy has prompted a legislative effort to expand early voting opportunities. (Star-Ledger, 12/1/14)

“There are only a handful of districts . . . that have really made a commitment to achieving and conserving diversity,” said Professor Paul Tractenberg for an article about the move away from diversity in New Jersey school districts. (Asbury Park Press, 11/26/14)

Interviewed about the vote by Facebook shuttle bus drivers to join the Teamsters, Professor Alan Hyde said: “Workers who for decades said they didn’t need a union now think that they do need a union because they are clearly not sharing the wealth being created. This is very significant.” (USA Today, 11/20/14_

“There is no Fourth Amendment expectation of privacy for matters that can be viewed from airspace the public may legitimately use,” said Professor Bernard Bell of the question of whether drones are an invasion of property (Star-Ledger, 11/13/14)

Acting Dean Ronald Chen, asked about the legality of quarantining people exposed to Ebola who not have any symptoms, said “If there's a challenge, the state would have to show that the quarantine is based on scientific evidence, not fear, and right now I don’t think the state has revealed enough evidence to justify quarantine for someone who is asymptomatic.” (Record, 10/31/14)

Professor Frank Askin on the report that the Postal Service approved almost 50,000 requests last year to monitor the mail of Americans: “Postal Service employees are not judicial officers schooled in the meaning of the First Amendment,” (New York Times and CNBC, 10/27/14)

“It’s fascinating and it holds all sorts of promise,” said Professor David Troutt of the growing interest of immigrant groups in moving to suburbs outside of central cities. (USA Today, 10/21/14)

Commenting on the question of whether adult charges would be pursued in the case of the Sayreville football players charged with violent sexual hazing, Clinical Professor Laura Cohen said that “New Jersey has done a lot to address over incarceration of young people, particularly in the pretrial phase” (Wall Street Journal, 10/14/14) and that the opinion of the victim is sometimes considered when deciding whether to move a case from the juvenile to adult justice system. (New York Times, 10/10/14) 

Professor Gary Francione discussed the “moral schizophrenia” of those who express outrage at the Andre Robinson case of animal cruelty but who continue to eat and otherwise use animals. (CNN, 10/4/14) 

Professor Stuart Green said there doesn’t appear to be anything in New Jersey law that would exempt white-collar criminals from “Son of Sam” prohibitions against convicts profiting from their crimes. (Star-Ledger, 10/3/14)

In an op-ed Professor Gary Francione wrote of the Andre Robinson animal abuse case that it “presents an opportunity for us to examine our fundamental views about animal ethics. Otherwsie, this is just about fetishizing dogs and cats, or demonizing those whom we arbitrarilty designate as ‘barbaric.’” (New York Times, 10/2/14)

In an interview about the upcoming sentencing of two “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars who pled guilty to fraud, Professor Stuart Green said: “White collar criminals today are routinely sentenced to significant prison time for serious frauds and other violations.” (Record, 9/30/14)

“There are serious consequences that attach to a juvenile adjudication, particuarly one of this seriousness,” said Clinical Professor Laura Cohen about the prosecutor’s decision to accept a guilty plea in juvenile court for the murder of three teenagers. (Star-Ledger, 9/11/14)

A city is allowed to say “look it’s our money, it’s our development project, we can make decisions about the kinds of contractors we want here,” said Professor Alan Hyde of Jersey City’s requirement that a development project hire unionized contractors. (WNYC, 9/2/14)

Professor Alan Hyde’s coining of the term “high-velocity labor market,” examined in his book Working in Silicon Valley: Economic and Legal Analysis of a High-Velocity Labor Market, is noted in this article about non-compete agreements. (Xconomy.com, 8/14/14) He commented for an article on a White House executive order restructuring mandatory arbitration clauses for employees of large federal government contractors. (New Jersey Law Journal, 8/14/14)

The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO was explored in an opinion piece by Professor David Troutt. (Reuters.com, 8/14/14) 

University Professor John J. Farmer, Jr. was interviewed for an article about criteria that state attorneys general may use in deciding whether to participate in a lawsuit. (Record, 8/6/14)  

Professor George Thomas commented on how prosecutors may proceed against a New Jersey defendant who faces similar charges in another state. (Star-Ledger, 8/6/14)

Professor Louis Raveson and Clinical Professor Penny Venetis commented on possible legal consequences related on inmate suicides of the findings of the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation of the Newark Police Department. (Star-Ledger, 8/3/14)

The opinion piece titled “Playing the ‘who’s the boss?’ game with employees” quoted Professor Alan Hyde on why efficiency may not be the reason that employers hire through temp agencies: “There are no fingerprints if you’re not the employer, and I have no doubt that’s part of the picture.” (Washington Post, 7/31/14)

Professor Alan Hyde was interviewed about the National Labor Relations Board ruling against McDonald’s in a labor activity case. (Washington Post, 7/29/14)

The 2012 report by the Immigrant Rights Clinic and the American Friends Service Committee was mentioned in an article on ankle monitors. (New York Times, 7/29/14)

Professor Frank Askin contributed an opinion piece on the District of Columbia Appeals Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act. (Record, 7/28/14)

Professor James Pope commented on the relevance of the Roberts Court’s expansion of First Amendment rights to workers’ labor speech rights. (The Nation, 7/18/14)

Clinical Professor John Kettle was interviewed about the trademark infringement suit brought by the Academy of Country Music against the Fair Lawn company ACM Records Inc. (Record, 7/13/14)

“The gender of the parent is not related to the parent quality. Gender is irrelevant to the well-being of children,” said Professor Carlos Ball in an interview about his new book, Same-Sex Marriage and Children: A Tale of Social Science, History, and Law. (Windy City Times, 7/1/14)

Most non-compete agreements in jobs such as camp counselors and hairdressers previously not thought to require such clauses are unenforceable, said Professor Alan Hyde. “Those employers can’t demonstrate any legitimate public interest in restricting competition.” (Inc., 6/9/14)

Interviewed about subpoenas issued to Express Scripts regarding its relationships with drug manufacturers, Associate Professor Christina Ho said, “With pharmaceutical benefit managers, one ongoing issue has been transparency over their relationships with pharmaceutical companies.” (Record, 5/1/14)

Commenting on the prospect of increased Internet piracy if the Federal Communications Commission allows providers to charge more for faster access to high-demand content, Professor Stuart Green said: “I think people feel like at a certain point they have to correct what the government or the market won’t correct.” (BBC World News, 4/28/14) 

Professor Louis Raveson said emails and other correspondence sought by the New Jersey legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings are “obvious evidence.” (Record, 4/27/14)

Acting Dean Ronald Chen was interviewed about Gov. Christie’s use of veto power over state authorities. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/27/14)

Adjunct Professor Jeffrey Mandel commented on the Appellate Division’s reprimand in a published opinion of lawyers who had not informed the court until it was near to issuing an opinion that their case had been settled. (Record, 4/23/14)

A review of the new book Citizen Canine notes that the author interviewed and discusses the animal rights work of Professor Gary Francione. (New York Times, 4/17/14) 

“The Supreme Court has become political football in New Jersey,” said Professor Frank Askin for an article about a proposed constitutional amendment to protect the independence of New Jersey justices and judges. (Wall Street Journal, 4/13/14)

“I would suspect that if it was a legitimate investigation that they would transcribe everything and get as much information they can,” said Professor Louis Raveson in discussing the circumstances under which an attorney may or may not decide to tape and transcribe an interview. (Record, 4/11/14)

Professor Steve Gold was quoted extensively in the article “Fracking — Pathway to New Energy Source or Dangerous to the Environment” in the Spring 2014 issue (vol. 18, no. 3) of The Legal Eagle. Published by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the publication is distributed to more than 2,600 elementary, middle and high schools across the state.

Judge Sue Pai Yang ’84 was chair of the “Workplace Bullying: Seeking Solutions” conference presented by the National Workplace Bullying Coalition in partnership with Rutgers Institute for Professional Education and the Rutgers Labor and Employment Law Society. (News12 New Jersey, 4/4/14)

“Law schools have never developed the residency model” of medical schools, explained Associate Dean Andy Rothman in discussing the reasoning behind the new Rutgers Law Associates Fellowship Program. (Star-Ledger, 3/23/14) 

Adjunct Professor Abed Awad was interviewed for an article about Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 3/23/14)

Professor Gary Francione was a guest on Sirius XM’s Michael Smerconish Program. (3/12/14)

Professor George Thomas commented on the decision by an IRS official to take the Fifth Amendment at a Congressional hearing despite having earlier agreed to an interview on the same subject by U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors. (Wall Street Journal Blog, 3/6/14)

“The rights of kids to college whose parents haven’t divorced aren’t there,” said Clinical Professor Randi Mandelbaum in comments about a New Jersey 18-year-old suing her parents to pay child support, high school tuition, and college expenses. (Star-Ledger, 3/6/14).

Professor Stuart Green commented on the fine line between tax avoidance and tax evasion. (CNBC, 3/3/14)

Professor Alan Hyde said that with job hopping by software engineers an important contribution to the success of Silicon Valley, the companies charged in a class-action lawsuit with colluding not to poach each others’ employees “might have been killing the golden goose.” (New York Times, 3/1/14)

“A lawyer should only owe a duty to one client or the other but not both,” said Acting Dean Ronald Chen in commenting on a possible conflict of interest for an attorney representing Gov. Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane closures’ investigation. (Bloomberg News, 2/22/14)

“Race matters in adoption because race matters in America,” began Professor Twila Perry in her essay “The Racial Biases That Aren’t Examined.” (New York Times, 2/3/14)

NJ Transit “should have had better management of their trademark and service mark portfolios,” said Clinical Professor John Kettle of the oversight which led to the expiration of seven NJ Transit trademarks. (Record, 1/30/14) 

Legal Research and Writing Instructor Amy Bitterman commented on the possible influence of poorly-written documents in an article about a discrimination case against a township police department. (mycentraljersey.com, 1/24/14)

The Chilean constitution, said Assistant Professor Jorge Contesse, has been designed to “prevent channels for the majority to express itself or for just laws to be passed.” (the Nation, 1/21/14)

Assistant Professor David Noll
was interviewed about a proposed class-action lawsuit charging consumer fraud against Novartis. (Star-Ledger, 1/19/14)

The Leonard Lopate Show featured an interview with Professor David Troutt about his new book, The Price of Paradise: The Costs of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America. (WNYC, 1/13/14)

Clinical Professor Penny Venetis
commented about the importance of including anti-trafficking measures in the overall security operation in place for the Super Bowl. (Wall Street Journal, 1/13/14)

Professors Frank Askin, Stuart Green, John Leubsdorf, and George Thomas and Assistant Professor David Noll were interviewed about various legal issues that have been raised regarding the George Washington Bridge lane closures. (Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Christian Science Monitor, Philadelphia InquirerStar-Ledger, Record, Reuters, Newsweek, WCBS radio, WNYC, 1/10-1/24/14)

Associate Professor Elise Boddie was interviewed about Debo Adegbile, a former colleague of hers at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who has been nominated to head the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. (NPR’s Morning Edition, 1/8/14)